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News & Information

Weekly Updates

June 14, 2021

Good morning all! A few updates this week:

Online Schools
The law regarding the elimination of enrollment certificates was slated to go into effect on July 1, 2021. However, because this requires a change to the Ohio Administrative Code 4501-7 that will not be finished in time, you are still required to purchase and send student's enrollment certificates. We are currently looking to the fall for this rule to go into effect.
Additionally, there is a proposal in the revised version of the Ohio Administrative Code to allow for electronic transmission of certificates; however, this rule is also not going to be in effect until the rules are finalized. At this time it is still against the rules to electronically send certificates to students. Please make sure all certificates are still being mailed.

CDL Schools
Another updated version of the behind the wheel training form has been added to our website for your use. We hope the newest version is user friendly. Please visit under Enterprises and Schools to access the new form.

Class D and Abbreviated Adult Schools
The Ohio Department of Public Safety, Ohio Traffic Safety Office in collaboration with the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) are offering resources and information for parents of teen drivers. There is a web page from the Driver Training website that provides parents and teens information on three main areas: Ohio’s licensing requirements; preparing to drive; and driving alone. There is additional information under each of the three sections to assist parents and teens. Feel free to use this site as a resource and to point parents towards research based information as they and their teen move through the licensing process. www.teachyourteentodrive.ohio.gov 
 There is a proposal in the revised version of the Ohio Administrative Code to allow for electronic transmission of certificates; however, this rule is not going to be in effect until the rules are finalized. At this time it is still against the rules to electronically send certificates to students. Please make sure all certificates are still being mailed or picked up by the student or parent from the enterprise.

Remedial Schools
Two different continuing education courses are currently posted on our website for those who use the National Safety Council or Ohio Excellence for Remedial curriculums. As a reminder, all remedial providers who were due for continuing education in 2020 most attend a continuing education course before July 1 to be able to process your renewal. If you have any questions please email us at drivertraining@dps.ohio.gov 

All Schools
Reminder: If your renewal has not yet been completed for the 2021 renewal year, all documents must be submitted and approved no later than July 1, 2021. If your renewal is not completed by this date your enterprise will become inactive and cannot operate.

Thank you for all you do to make Ohio's roadways safer!


June 7, 2021

Happy Monday everyone! Just a few quick updates this week:

Class D
Reminder: Instructors should be checking their instructor brakes before every student drive to ensure they are in proper working order. We are currently seeing a high rate of failure on vehicle inspections due to non-functional instructor brakes.

Registrations have been posted on our website for both instructor and training manager continuing education dates. Please be advised there is limited availability based on the facility's capacity. Please visit www.drivertraining.ohio.gov under CE & Training for more information.

Instructors
August 25, 2021 -- Liberty Township, OH 
September 13, 2021 -- Cuyahoga Falls, OH (this registration is coming soon), 
October 5, 2021 -- Columbus, OH

Training Managers
July 20, 2021 or September 28, 2021 -- Columbus, OH

JDIP
Continuing education for JDIP providers has been posted to the Driver Training Website. Please be advised that this course is virtual and will be held over the course of two sessions on two days, July 26 and 27. If we have low enrollment for this course it will be cancelled. Please visit www.drivertraining.ohio.gov under CE & Training for more information.

CDL
On the Student Classroom & Behind the Wheel Training forms, there is now a column for “Total Running Time.” There seems to be some confusion with the intention of this column. The column is to keep a running time or accumulation of the total number of hours the student has been in the classroom and/or BTW over the course of their training. Please note*** The total running time for BTW training means the time the student is actually operating the vehicle. It does not include observation.

For example, if the student was on the range on day 1 for two hours and they were actually operating the vehicle, the Total Running Time is two hours. For day 2, if the student was on the range for Day 2 for another two hours operating the vehicle, the Total Running Time is now four hours.

Our office will update the BTW form in the next few days to indicate “Total BTW Time” to make this clearer. Please note, this column is not a requirement. It was added to make it easier for schools to track time upon request. If you have any questions regarding the forms, please contact Tracy Williams or the Driver Training Program Office.

Continuing education courses have been posted on our website for both CDL instructors and training managers. Please be advised that there is limited availability based on the facility's capacity. Registrations for the following dates can be found on our website www.drivertraining.ohio.gov under CE & Training.

Instructors
June 29, 2021 -- Cleveland, OH 
September 3, 2021 -- Mt. Orab, OH

Training Managers
July 16, 2021 or August 20, 2021 -- Columbus, OH

All Schools
There are several continuing education proposals coming through our office. Please remember to refer to the Continuing Education Policy. Proposals should be sent one month prior to the proposed continuing education date to give our office time to review the proposal and work with the driving school.

Thank you for all you do in helping to make Ohio's roadways safer!


June 1, 2021

Happy Tuesday!

Virtual Classroom Providers
BOND - The bond required shall cover the cost of all students with whom you are contracted. This also includes students taking the virtual classroom. The students have contracted with your school for part or all of the program, including virtual classroom if it is offered. Therefore, they are included in the total. To figure the amount of bond needed, take the average cost of your program and multiply it by the number of open contracts or students. This is the required amount of bond you need to have.

For remedial programs - bonds are only required if you take payment prior to the day of the class. Take the cost of the course and multiply it by the number of students you have in the class. This is the amount of bond you need.

ROSTERS - If you are utilizing screenshots as supporting documentation for classroom rosters, the roster must clearly document the student name, as well as the student's username in the platform.

Class D Brick and Mortar and Online Schools
House Bill 74 will go into effect on July 1, 2021. This includes the provision that students must complete all 24 hours of either classroom, virtual classroom, or online before starting their driving portion. However, our rules will not be in effect at this time. Effectively, we cannot enforce this provision in the law until our rules are in effect. Once the rules have gone into effect, students who have already begun their online or classroom training will be grandfathered from the rule. This means that they will not be subject to the 24 hour provision in the law, as long as the student has begun the classroom portion of their training. If you have any questions please contact the office at drivertraining@dps.ohio.gov.


May 24, 2021

Good Monday!

ALL Driver Training Schools

RENEWALS - Reminder that all portions of the renewals are due no later than July 1, 2021. If school and/or instructor licenses are not fully renewed, no license will be issued and you will be unable to operate until the renewal is completed.

ANNUAL REQUIREMENTS - Reminder that all annual requirements, from March 9, 2020 through April 1, 2021, that were extended are due no later than July 1, 2021. This includes physicals, continuing education, renewals, etc. Instructors should check with their schools to see what is owed.

CERTIFICATES - Reminder to all schools that the electronic transmission of certificates is not permissible. The current rule package proposes that change but the rules are not passed. Therefore, until they pass, certificates shall still be printed and provided by hard copy to the students.

Class D Schools

NEW FORM - There is a new behind-the-wheel training report available on the Driver Training website. The changes were made based on the feedback of schools during the 2020 town hall meetings. Feel free to pull the new document and use it if you would prefer.

We appreciate each and every one of you and the work you do in keeping Ohio's roadways safer.


May 17, 2021

Good morning everyone!

Here are the updates for the week

All Schools
Reminder: If you have not yet completed your renewal for 2021, all documents must be submitted and approved before July 1, 2021. As of July 1, if your renewal is not complete, your enterprise will become inactive and you will need to reapply as a new enterprise. If you have any questions about your renewal please email drivertraining@dps.ohio.gov.

Please be advised, the week of May 17-May 21 the office will be short on staffing due to hosting the training manager course at Butler Tech. Email is preferred this week as we will have limited phone coverage. 

Additionally, our Administrative Professional, Julia Tipple, will be on vacation starting May 19-May 26. Please be advised there will be delays in processing of enterprise applications as well as scheduling motor vehicle inspection times at the regional sites.

CDL Schools
As a reminder, ELDT is fast approaching. In accordance with Ohio Administrative Code 4501-7-25 (C) "Training managers for commercial training shall be "class A" licensed instructors properly endorsed to operate all classes of vehicles for which the school offers training. The driver training manager shall have completed a course approved by the director for driver training school managers. In addition to the courses on the director's approval list, the director may pre-approve, on an individual basis, additional conferences, workshops, or seminars, including a driving dynamics or defensive driving course, in satisfaction of this requirement."

This is also a requirement of the ELDT rules. Please ensure that all CDL training managers are endorsed in the course work you are currently offering to students. If you have any questions please contact the office or Tracy Williams at ctwilliams2@dps.ohio.gov.

JDIP Providers
Our office is looking to host a JDIP continuing education for the year for those instructors who are in need of CE. Please be advised that this is a requirement that must be completed every five years. If you or one of your instructors is in need of continuing education please reach out to our office no later than May 31, 2021 so we can schedule a continuing education course before July 1.

As always, thank you for making Ohio's roadways safer!


May 10, 2021

Good morning everyone!

Here are the updates for this week:

Class D and CDL Schools
The department is working on posting upcoming dates for continuing education for both instructors and training managers of Class D and CDL schools. Please keep an eye on the website www.drivertraining.ohio.gov under CE & Training for those dates.

If a school would like to host their own continuing education for instructors, they do need to adhere to the continuing education policy. If you have any questions please email us at drivertraining@dps.ohio.gov

Adult Remedial Schools
As a reminder, all remedial instructors were due for continuing education last year. If you need continuing education please reach out to your approved curriculum provider to see when their next course is being held.

Those schools using the National Safety Council remedial curriculum: information has been posted on our website for their continuing education course being held in June. Please visit www.drivertraining.ohio.gov under CE & Training for registration and information.

Class D and Disability Schools
The department has made a slight change to the MVI process this year. Instead of using individual DTO 150 forms for each vehicle, you will now need to bring a pre-filled DTO 0142 Motor Vehicle Inspection List to your inspections in duplicate. The form needs to have all information except the decal number and inspector initials already filled out. 

DTO 0150 forms will be used for vehicles that do not pass inspection. They will also be used by AOs or the managers completing the inspection for a new Class D or disability vehicle. The new vehicle will then need to be inspected within 30 days of placing the vehicle into service.

If you have any questions please contact Julia Tipple at jatipple@dps.ohio.gov.

Class D and Abbreviated Adult Schools
As a reminder, if you have an instructor who is licensed to teach both Class D and Abbreviated Adult, you must complete two different assessments for them on a yearly basis. If an instructor has not taught any abbreviated adult students and the school can provide proof this will not be required. Please email us with any questions.

All Schools
As a clarification to our last post. We want to be sure everyone knows that only those schools who have not completed their renewals for 2021 are required to submit and complete by July 1, 2021. If your school has already completed the renewal process, then you will not be required to resubmit before July.

As always, thank you for making Ohio's roadways safer!


May 3, 2021

Good morning everyone!

Just a few updates for this week:

CDL Schools
The FMCSA has released a new course for those providers to take before the upcoming TPR registry opens this summer. Please visit their website here to take the course.

Virtual Classroom Providers
For those schools offering virtual classes, rosters have to list the students' names that were in attendance at the virtual class. You don't need their signatures if you are utilizing the attendance logs within the virtual platform, but the student names have to be listed.

If you are training a new instructor, the instructor candidate should sign each roster page that they were in attendance

As always, thank you for making Ohio's roadways safer!


April 27, 2021

Good morning everyone!

Announcements for this week:

Online Driving Schools
The department is currently performing the annual scans for each online link providing Class D (Teen) or abbreviated adult courses. We understand many companies are working on upgrades or moving to new platforms, however; since the online courses are continuing to operate on the current platforms and software during the upgrades, the scans will be run. The process includes running the scan and providing the results to the online driving school representative. We can then discuss the concerns with the results and discuss the next steps for addressing the results as needed. The process will be initiated by an email from Fred Seger, IT Security Consultant, requesting credentials and a good time to begin the scan. If you have questions about the scan or the results, please contact Fred. Otherwise, if you have questions about the process, please feel free to contact the Driver Training Program Office.


Class D and Abbreviated Adult Schools
The BMV will resume in car testing starting June 1, 2021. All customers will be required to wear face masks, pass a temperature screening, and pass a COVID health screening. All vehicles must have working front windows to allow for fresh air, and all students may only be accompanied by one other adult into the building and must adhere to social distancing guidelines. If a student does not follow these guidelines or does not pass the screenings they will be asked to reschedule. For more information on testing please visit www.bmv.ohio.gov or check out the informational sheet.

Motor Vehicle Inspections – Quick reminder with the upcoming vehicle inspection dates and times. If you are unable to schedule a vehicle inspection on the available dates in your region, you can always schedule for a better date in another region. Contact Julia for scheduling at jatipple@dps.ohio.gov.

All Schools
As a reminder, all renewals must be submitted, approved, and completed by July 1, 2021. Any school or instructor whose renewal is not completed by July 1 will be placed into inactive status.

As always, if you have any questions please email our office at drivertraining@dps.ohio.gov, and thank you for making Ohio's roadways safer!”

April 19, 2021

Greetings everyone!

Just a few reminders for this week:

All Schools
The extensions for program reviews, annual renewal requirements, and probationary instructors under House Bill 404 were only valid for those whose requirements or assessments were due between March 2020 and April 1, 2021. If at this point you have a program review or probationary instructor assessment that is due after April 1, you do not fall under the extension and all requirements need to be met as usual. Please email the driver training inbox at drivertraining@dps.ohio.gov for more information.


We are currently working on dates and locations for CDL and Class D instructor and training manager continuing education courses for the remainder of the year. Please keep an eye on the CE & Training page of the Driver Training Website for more information and registration.

CDL Schools
We currently have 3 remaining spots for our May Training Manager course. Please visit the Driver Training website www.drivertraining.ohio.gov under CE & Training for more information and registration.


Class D Schools
We are currently accepting registrations for the fall Training Manager Course. Please visit the Driver Training website www.drivertraining.ohio.gov under CE & Training for more information and registration.

Motor Vehicle Inspection (MVI) scheduling is now open. Please email Julia Tipple at jatipple@dps.ohio.gov to reserve your date and time. As a reminder, any school with more than 10 vehicles will contact their field staff directly to schedule a time.

Forms for classroom and Class A behind-the-wheel training reports have been updated and are now available on the driver training website under Enterprises/Schools. Please make sure you are using the new forms, and if you have any questions please let us know.

As always, thank you for all you do to make Ohio's roadways safer!


April 12, 2021

Good morning all!

Just a few quick updates this week:

Class D, Disability, and Abbreviated Adult Schools
Motor Vehicle Inspection regional sites, dates, and times are posted to a separate post of the bulletin board as well as on the driver training website as of today. If you do not have a scheduled program review in 2021, you are required to bring your vehicles to a regional inspection site. Contact our office to schedule your time slot for the vehicle inspections.

Enterprises with more than 10 cars, please reach out directly to your respective field staff to schedule a time for them to come inspect your vehicles.

CDL Schools
Updated forms for classroom and Class A behind-the-wheel training reports are now available on the driver training website under Enterprises/Schools. Please make sure you are using the new forms, and if you have any questions please let us know.

All Schools
A new distracted driving resource has been made available to our office that would benefit your classroom instruction. Please check out the resource at https://fixourroadsohio.com/distracted-driving/. Please let us know if you have any questions.

As always, thank you for making Ohio's roadways safer!


April 5, 2021

Good morning everyone!

A few updates for this week:

Class D/Disability Schools
We have one spot left available for the upcoming training manager course held at Butler Tech May 17-22. Please visit the Driver Training website www.drivertraining.ohio.gov under CE & Training for more information and registration.

ADED is hosting a continuing education course on April 30th and May 1st in Massillon, OH. For more information about registration please visit our website www.drivertraining.ohio.gov under CE & Training. Additionally, ADED will be hosting their annual conference in Columbus, OH September 17th-21st. Information is also posted on the driver training website under CE & Training.

As of right now, schools currently have the option to release a student from their contract if they feel they cannot fulfill the six-month requirement to complete a student, or if the student and/or parent is requesting to be released. If you are planning to release a student from their contract, then records need to be sent to our office. Please email the student records to us ahead of time at drivertraining@dps.ohio.gov so we can immediately transfer the student once the parent has contacted our office. You no longer need to wait for confirmation from our office if the student has already been released.

CDL Schools
CDL instructor continuing education courses are now full. Please be advised that we will be sending registration confirmations within the next week.

The April 13th Basic Instructor Course is also full. We are currently waiting for confirmation on the May course date and will post as soon as possible.

We currently have open spots for the May CDL Training Manager course. Please visit the Driver Training website for more information and registration.

All Schools
On Wednesday, House Bill 74 was passed into law by Ohio Governor Mike DeWine and it has a few changes for Driver Training. These changes include: all students must complete 24 hours of online or in person classroom work before beginning behind the wheel instruction (Class D, Disability, and Online) and the introduction of Online Remedial courses. The law does not take effect until July 1, 2021, and while we understand everyone is eager for more information, we will need to look at our current rules before we can provide an in depth look at what this means for driver training.

Lastly, JoAnne Proehl, an Administrative Professional in our office, will be off this week. Please be advised she is primarily in charge of instructor applications, and therefore your processing time for new instructors may be delayed.

As always, thank you for making Ohio's roadways safer!


March 29, 2021

A few reminders for this week:

All Schools
April 1 is fast approaching and we need to clarify a few things regarding the extension under HB 404. The bill provided and extension to all program review requirements and probationary instructors assessments submitted between March 13, 2020 until April 1, 2021, until July 1, 2021. This means that any program review requirements, probationary instructor assessments, or warning letter requirements due after April 1, 2021 do not fall under the extensions. Please keep this in mind moving forward and make sure everything is submitted in a timely manner.

Remedial Instructors
Under our rules, all remedial instructors are now due for continuing education every five years. Please make sure this is being submitted with your renewals if required.

Class D and CDL Schools
Reminder: When filling out the assessment forms for new, probationary, or existing instructors; please make sure you are filling out all the required sections of the form before submission. Particularly the state mandated topic section. We will kick back forms that are not filled out correctly, or that are outdated.

Class D Schools
This is a final reminder that we have two continuing education courses being held in Dayton on April 14th and 15th for instructors. Priority registration will be given to those who missed their continuing education in 2020. Registrations are due by April 2, 2021. Please visit our website www.drivertraining.ohio.gov under CE & Training for more information.

As always, thank you for making Ohio's roadways safer!


March 22, 2021

Good morning everyone!

A few updates and reminders for this week:

Class D Schools
Reminder: There are upcoming continuing education courses currently posted on our website www.drivertraining.ohio.gov under CE & Training. The dates are April 14th and 15th for instructors and May 4th for training managers. These courses will have priority registration for those instructors who did not meet the continuing education requirement in 2020. The classes are limited to 12 people, so please make sure to register as soon as possible. Those instructors needing continuing education for 2021 will have additional opportunities later in the year.

**There is a cost for the training manager continuing education.  If you are a training manager, you are required to take training manager specific continuing education. We will not allow training managers to take the instructor continuing education course. 

CDL Schools
Reminder: There are instructor continuing education courses posted on our website www.drivertraining.ohio.gov under CE & Training. The April 23rd class is currently full, and we have 8 spots left for April 30th. Priority registration is being given to those instructors who did not meet their continuing education requirement in 2020. Additional continuing educations will be posted later in the year for those instructors who need continuing education in 2021.

**If you are a training manager, you are required to take training manager specific continuing education. We will not allow training managers to take the instructor continuing education course. 

Additionally, the office would like to make all CDL schools aware of a webinar hosted by the FMCSA on March 4th regarding the upcoming ELDT changes. Access to the recording and powerpoint presentation will be posted on our website www.drivertraining.ohio.gov under News & Information, CDL ELDT Updates. Also, FMCSA has created additional materials to help providers prepare for the upcoming ELDT changes. These include a checklist and curricula summary, which can be found on the CDL ELDT Updates portion of this page. For more information please visit the FMCSA website www.fmcsa.dot.gov

All Schools
A fix has finally been deployed to allow us to print renewal licenses for the year 2021. If you have not yet received your licenses for the year, but have received confirmation that your renewal is complete, your licenses will be mailed within the next two weeks.

Lastly, please make sure you are using the most current and up to date material order form from our website when ordering. We have several materials that are no longer available for order including: Choose Your Move cards and Amtrak DVDS. We also have several new materials including the most up to date Organ Donation DVD and Yellow Arrow posters. Please email all material orders to drivertraining@dps.ohio.gov, if a material order is faxed, it may take longer to fill, as the office is still teleworking. Please also be advised of delays in processing due to our teleworking status.

As always, thank you for making Ohio's roadways safer!


March 15, 2021

Good morning everyone!

A few updates for this week:

Class D Schools

Continuing education courses have been posted for April 14th and 15th for instructors and May 4th for training managers at Professional Driving Systems Driving School. There is a cost for the May 4th training manager continuing education. The courses are limited to 12 participants for each date. Those instructors who were due for CE credit for 2020 will take priority. We will post more continuing educations later in the year for those who are due in 2021 for their continuing education requirement. Please visit the driver training website www.drivertraining.ohio.gov under CE & Training for the registrations.

CDL Schools

Continuing education courses have been posted for April 23rd and 30th for instructors at Swift Driving Academy. The courses are limited to 15 participants for each date. Those instructors, who were due for CE credit for 2020 will take priority. We will post more continuing education opportunities later in the year for those who are due for CE in 2021. Please visit the driver training website www.drivertraining.ohio.gov under CE & Training for the registrations.

All CDL and Class D Schools

Two training manager courses have also been posted to our website. These courses will be held in person and there is a cost for the course. The first course is being held May 17th through 22nd at Butler Tech and the second course is being held on three consecutive weekends at Cuyahoga Community College; October 23rd and 24th, October 30th and 31st, and November 6th and 7th. Please visit the driver training website www.drivertraining.ohio.gov under CE & Training for more information.

Reminders:

As a reminder, under Ohio Administrative Codes 4501-7-17 (Class D and Disability) and 4501-7-33 (CDL) the use of a driver examination test route or test pad is not allowed during business hours. It is our job as driver training instructors to teach students the skills they need to be safe drivers, not to only teach them how to pass their driving examination. Please make sure all instructors and training managers are complying with this rule.

Spring is almost here and our field staff would like to remind all schools that vehicle inspections are quickly approaching. Please make sure you are completing all maintenance as required on your vehicles so that inspections are easy and breezy in the near future. Inspection site dates and times will be posted to the bulletin board and on our website within the next few weeks.

As always, thank you for making Ohio's roadways safer!


March 8, 2021

Good morning everyone!

Online Schools

Please be on the lookout from communications from our IT office regarding a security assessment. As a reminder, this is a requirement to stay in compliance with our rules, and the IT department will need to scan your system for vulnerabilities.

All Schools

Instructor license printing has now been fixed by our office. Be on the lookout for any new instructor or probationary licenses to come in the mail within the next 10-14 business days. We have not, however, been able to fix the printing issue for renewal licenses. We are currently working on a solution and will update you when we have more information. At this time due to HB 404 you are still fine to operate on your 2020 licenses.

This is a final reminder that all comments on the rules package are due by Tuesday, March 9, 2021. More information is currently posted on the bulletin board as well as on the Driver Training website www.drivertraining.ohio.gov under News & Information, Rules.

As always, thank you for all the work you do to make our roadways safer!


March 1, 2021

Good morning all!

Just a few reminders for this week's announcements:

Class D and CDL Schools

When purchasing a new vehicle or reactivating a vehicle that has been deactivated prior to receiving a department inspection, please make sure to add the vehicle information to DETS before the field staff completes your vehicle inspection. This ensures a speedy process when updating the inspection dates and decal numbers to DETS once the inspection has been completed.

Our office is looking to post continuing education dates for those instructors and training managers who did not meet their continuing education requirement for 2020 within the next week. Please keep an eye on the Driver Training Website www.drivertraining.ohio.gov under CE & Training. **Please note, for those who are due for continuing education in 2021, we will be posting additional dates throughout the year, but we are attempting to ensure those who missed to 2020 deadlines are caught up before the July 1, 2021 cut off.**

Abbreviated Adult Schools

Clarification on House Bill 68, which contains a new provision for drivers, who take their exam after age 18 and fail, receive an exemption from the abbreviated adult course if they have taken an approved course within 12 months of testing. This does not go into effect until April 12, 2021. This means that any student who takes and fails their exam before this date will need to take an abbreviated adult course, regardless if they have taken prior training. The exemption will only apply to students who take and fail their exam after this date.

CDL Schools

Two new dates have been posted on the Driver Training website for the Basic Instructor Course. March 9th and April 13th. Please note at this time we have a limited number of available spots for our courses. There is a maximum limit of 2 registrations per school and 8 total open spots for students. Once we have reached that number we will not be able to take any additional registrations.

Class D, Disability, Online, and CDL Schools

Earlier this week an update was posted regarding the filing of Ohio Administrative Code 4501-7. The rules are currently open for public comment through the Common Sense Initiative Office. All comments are due by March 9, 2021. For more information please see our post from February 22, 2021, or visit our website www.drivertraining.ohio.gov under News & Information, Rules.

As always, thank you for all you do to make Ohio's roadways safer!


February 22, 2021

Good morning all,

It has been a cold and snowy start to this year. Some counties are experiencing colder temperatures and snow resulting in power outages and cancellations of businesses and schools. Please remember to stay safe and consider the weather before going out. Your safety and the safety of your students is a top priority. 

Remedial Programs (Adult, JDIP, & Advanced JDIP)
The rules in Chapter 4501-21 of the OAC are up for the five-year rule review. If you have any concerns or thoughts on modifying the rules, please submit them to our office at drivertraining@dps.ohio.gov. We need your insight and input. Please have those suggestions to us no later than March 19, 2021.

CDL, Class D, Online, & Disability
The rules in Chapter 4501-7 of the OAC are set for filing with the Common Sense Initiative Office (CSIO) sometime this week. Further notifications and information will be sent out regarding the filing and your opportunity to provide additional feedback. Make sure you check the Bulletin Board frequently for the announcements. 

Abbreviated Adult Programs (including the online)
Recently the law has changed allowing students, who took a driver's education program within the 12 months prior to testing, to bypass the abbreviated adult course. The student would be required to show official proof of completing a department approved program.

All Driver Training Programs
Remember that all items required to comply with your annual requirements, renewals, and program reviews will be due no later than July 1, 2021. This also includes those who are due for continuing education. Our office will be scheduling course dates in the next few weeks. Check the drivertraining.ohio.gov website for dates and registration. Contact our office with any questions.

Stacey Thompson returns February 22nd! We are excited to have her back. 

Have a safe and warm week! We appreciate all you do in educating Ohio's drivers! Keep up the great work!


February 16, 2021

Good morning everyone!

Just a few quick reminders this week:

All Schools

Our office is still teleworking at this time. Please note our preferred method of contact is by email at drivertraining@dps.ohio.gov. Additionally, please be aware of delays in processing mail. We try to be in the office a few times per week, but if possible applications for enterprises and instructors should be submitted electronically through DETS or via email.

Our Program Administrator, Stacey Thompson, is still on maternity leave at this time. If you need immediate assistance please email the Driver Training Inbox above. If you are a remedial school and your renewal is not complete, please send all documents to Valerie Wald at vwald@dps.ohio.gov.

We are still having issues with our license printing system. We are working diligently to have this corrected as soon as possible, and we will update you as soon as we can.

If you are currently looking to host a continuing education course for your instructors, please see the policy and approved topics list located on our website www.drivertraining.ohio.gov under CE & Training at the top of the page. As a reminder, all enterprise hosted continuing educations must be pre-approved by our office before hosting. More information is included in the policy.

As always, thank you for making Ohio's roadways safer!

February 8, 2021

Good morning everyone! Just a few reminders for this week's update.

All Schools
All outstanding program review and renewal documents must be submitted and approved no later than July 1, 2021.

Class D, Abbreviated Adult, and CDL Schools
Schools teaching only behind the wheel at this time must still maintain available classroom space to stay in compliance with our rules. The rule currently doesn't allow for split licensing, therefore you must be able to offer classroom or virtual classroom training.

If you have purchased a new training vehicle, you must input the information into DETS before the field staff completes the inspection of the new vehicle. This is to ensure that once the inspection has been completed the field staff can update the inspection number in DETS.

Before vehicle inspections are completed, please make sure that your vehicle insurance is up to date in DETS. You can check this by looking under the financial documents tab, as well as under each vehicle on your vehicle list. This is to ensure we can input the inspection date and number after inspections are completed.


February 1, 2021

Good morning everyone, this week’s updates are fairly extensive.

Senate Bill 68 Updates: Effective April 12, 2021

Abbreviated Adult Schools:
Please be aware that a rule change will be coming into effect with the passage of Senate Bill 68. Starting April 12, 2021, any adult 18 or over, who fails their driving exam, but has taken a driver training course within the last 12 months will no longer be required to take the abbreviated adult course. For more information please search for Senate Bill 68 on the Ohio Legislative Service Commission website www.lsc.ohio.gov.

Class D Brick and Mortar, Abbreviated Adult Brick and Mortar, and CDL Schools:
In Ohio, most driver’s licenses (commercial and standard), motorcycle licenses, motorcycle operator’s endorsements, motorized bicycle licenses, and identification cards are renewable every four years. That is, when issued, the license or card has an expiration date that is on the licensee’s or cardholder’s birthday, four years after the date of issuance. There are some exceptions to the rule, for instance: a license issued to a person under 21, a CDL with a hazmat endorsement, or an identification card issued to a person who is permanently and irreversibly disabled. Under Senate Bill 68 new provisions have been set forth for an eight year renewal cycle:

  • Authorizes a person between age 21 and 65 to apply for and renew an Ohio commercial driver’s license, driver’s license (motor vehicles and motorcycles), motorcycle operator’s endorsement, or motorized bicycle license on an eight-year renewal cycle.
  • Authorizes a person, regardless of age, to request and renew an Ohio identification card on an eight-year renewal cycle.
  • Makes the cost of an eight-year license, endorsement, or card twice the cost of a four-year license, endorsement, or card, minus $1.
  • Makes the eight-year renewal option available beginning July 1, 2021.

Please be aware that with the option of the eight year renewal, there are fee changes. For more information on fees, please contact the Ohio BMV or research Senate Bill 68 on the Ohio Legislative Service Commission website.

Class D, Abbreviated Adult Brick and Mortar Schools, and Online Schools:
Please be advised we are having a problem with online certificates printing an incorrect logo in the top left hand corner at this time. If a student presents you with a certificate with an incorrect logo, please forward a copy to our office for verification and we will try to assist you. Our office is working to get this corrected.

All Schools:
We are currently experiencing issues with our license printing system that are causing delays with mailing out the license renewals, new instructor licenses, and probationary instructor licenses. All schools and instructors are currently fine to operate on their 2020 licenses under the provisions set forth by House Bill 404. Please contact us if you have any questions.

As a reminder, our Program Administrator, Stacey Thompson, is still on maternity leave. If you have any questions or problems, please contact us at drivertraining@dps.ohio.gov.

Attached are the revised vehicle inspection policies. There are now two: one for the CDL vehicles; and one for the Class D vehicles. Please review carefully and note the following changes:

  • The DTO 0150 form will no longer be required for each vehicle. Schools now prepare the Motor Vehicle Inspection list with the vehicle information and bring the form with them to the inspection.
  • The DTO 0150 will be used for the Class D vehicles that fail the inspection or are brand new and are being used for the 30-day window prior to being inspected by DPS.
  • If a vehicle inspection site is available in your region but you are unable to make that date and time, you may schedule for another region.

These changes are being made after careful consideration of feedback and issues with processing paperwork in a timely manner. Thank you for your flexibility and patience as we continue to work through and ensure compliance with all schools.

Please let us know if you have any questions, and as always thank you for helping to make Ohio's roadways safer!

January 25, 2021

Just a few quick announcements for today:

CDL Schools
Our February Basic Instructor Course has been posted to the Driver Training Website www.drivertraining.ohio.gov under CE & Training. As a reminder, this course is limited to eight students at this time (2 from each school).

Class D and Abbreviated Adult Schools
A new fact sheet about the Virtual Driving Assessment systems has been attached to this update. Please take a moment to read this over. If you would like to order a system please contact us at drivertraining@dps.ohio.gov. Please see the new fact sheet here.

All Schools
As a reminder, our Program Administrator, Stacey Thompson, is still on maternity leave. If you need assistance please contact us at drivertraining@dps.ohio.gov. If you are a remedial only school and your renewal is still outstanding, please email your documents to vwald@dps.ohio.gov.

As always, thank you for making our roadways safer!


January 19, 2021

Good morning everyone!

Just a few quick updates this week:

Virtual Classroom Providers
We would like to remind those schools who are offering virtual classroom that your virtual classroom sessions must be held in a professional environment. In general this should be a place of business, office, or classroom setting that is conducive to learning.

VDA Update
We have received many phone calls and emails regarding the VDA systems and their status. We have included with this update a couple short fact sheets regarding the systems with more information to follow in the coming weeks. Please see the sheets here.

Senate Bill 68
There is currently a proposed bill in the Ohio Senate that contains legislation that will affect driving schools and students. There is a proposal in the bill that will allow any student 18 years or older who has taken a teen driving course within the last year to waive the requirement for Abbreviated Adult training if they fail their driving test. This legislation proposal was a result of one of the Town Hall Meetings our office held on July 28, 2020.

Additionally, there is a proposal in the rule that will affect CDL training candidates. The legislation has a proposed increase in fees as well as a proposal to allow for a four or eight year renewal of a CDL license. Please keep in mind the information in the bill is still only proposed legislation, and as more information emerges we will continue to update you.

Finally, as a reminder our Program Administrator, Stacey Thompson, is still on maternity leave. If you need assistance please contact the office at drivertraining@dps.ohio.gov or if you are a remedial only school please email your renewal information directly to Valerie Wald at vwald@dps.ohio.gov.

As always, thank you for helping to make Ohio's roadways safer.


January 14, 2021

DRIVER EXAMINATION STATION SKILLS TESTING RESUMES

Please see the latest information regarding BMV driver examination testing:

To schedule your driving skills test, please call 877-439-8378 or schedule via the Live Chat feature. Please be advised BMV anticipates heavy call volume for scheduling and appreciates your patience.

ALL DX locations still offer the maneuverability test, with only some of those locations offering both maneuverability and the modified in-car testing. Please be advised that the person taking the skills test must be accompanied by an adult licensed driver in the passenger seat for the entirety of the skills test, but that no additional passengers may be in the vehicle during the test.


January 11, 2021

Good morning everyone!

The office has nothing to report for the week.

As a reminder our Program Administrator Stacey Thompson is still on maternity leave. If you need assistance please contact the Driver Training Program office at drivertraining@dps.ohio.gov. If you are a remedial only school who has not completed your renewal, please email all documents to Valerie Wald vwald@dps.ohio.gov.

Thank you for all you do to make Ohio's roadways safer!


January 4, 2021

Good morning everyone and Happy New Year!

Our office wants to thank everyone for all the hard work and dedication you have put into making Ohio's roadways safer in the last year. We know this was a trying time for everyone and we hope the new year bring everyone good fortune and health.

All Schools
If your renewal was not completed before the end of the year, but was started. You will need to continue sending in your renewal documents before July 1, 2021. However, the renewal document upload is no longer open. Please email all documents directly to your designated renewal person.


December 28, 2020

Good morning everyone! We hope everyone had an enjoyable and safe holiday. Just a few quick updates for the week.

This is your final reminder: you must select Renew and choose how you are paying your fees before December 31, 2020. While your documents are not due until July 1, 2021 under the extensions provided by HB 404, our system does require this step. If you do not complete this step, your school will become inactive starting January 1, 2021. If you have any questions please contact us and let us know.

CDL Schools
A new Basic Instructor Course has been posted on our website for January 20, 2021. This course is still limited to only 8 registrations (2 from each school) and will be located at the ODOT facility, not the building directly next to the ODPS building. Please make sure you check the address before sending your perspective instructors. For registration please see our website www.drivertraining.ohio.gov under CE & Training.

Reminder
Our Program Administrator Stacey Thompson is now on maternity leave. For any questions please contact drivertraining@dps.ohio.gov. Remedial Only Schools your renewals are now being handled by Valerie Wald. Please email any outstanding documents to vwald@dps.ohio.gov.

Lastly, the office will be closed in observance of the holiday on Friday January 1, 2021. As always, thank you for making Ohio's roadways a safer place, and have a wonderful holiday!


December 21, 2020

Good morning everyone!

Renewal Update: For those schools, who have not completed their renewals, HB 404 is providing you with an extension. Please check the Bulletin Board for more information on the extension. There is one step that is needed though and must be completed no later than December 31.

Click Renew in DETS by December 31!! This is required because the system will not recognize a license in 2021 if renew is not selected.

Renewal after December 31, 2020: Those who do not pay or upload documents by December 31, 2020, your renewal will change. All documents will be mailed in. Payments are only available by sending in a check or money order

On another note, our Program Administrator Stacey Thompson will be going out on maternity leave later in the month. Once she has left the office we will post an update. She will be unavailable for a while, so if you have any problems or questions please contact the office at drivertraining@dps.ohio.gov. All remedial only schools Stacey is currently handling your renewals. If you have not completed by the time she goes out, please send your documents to Valerie Wald at vwald@dps.ohio.gov.

Lastly, an information sheet has been attached to this update regarding initial licensing and testing. The information contained on the sheet was gathered pre-COVID, but we wanted to let everyone know so they can use this information as a resource. The information can be found here.

Our office will be closed on December 25th in observance of the holiday. There may be limited availability on the 24th as well. As always if you have any questions please contact us at drivertraining@dps.ohio.gov and happy holidays to everyone!


December 14, 2020

Good morning all!

Class D Enterprises - textbook copyrights
Just a reminder to please make sure that your curriculum information is not out dated. Any supplemental curriculums and text books currently being used cannot be older than 10 years. Check the copyright dates. If they are 2010, as of the end of the year, the textbooks will be outdated.

All Enterprises - Renewals - IMMEDIATE RESPONSE
As a reminder, the document portion of your renewals have been extended until July 1, 2021. However, you must at least select to renew your enterprise no later than December 31, 2020 or your enterprise will become inactive on January 1, 2021. To click renew, visit your fees page and select 'Renew'. Follow the directions for the payment to complete this portion.

Class D, Abbreviated Adult, and CDL - Training Manager
f your school has a training manager on record that does not regularly teach at the enterprise, you must maintain an instructor file for them including current copies of all continuing educations, physicals, sexual harassment prevention course certificates, and a copy of their license. If a training manager comes in to your school to assist with assessments, but is not otherwise affiliated with the school, you do not need to have an instructor file.

Thank you for all you do to keep Ohio's roadways safer, and as always if you have any questions please email us at drivertraining@dps.ohio.gov.


December 7, 2020

Good morning all!

As a reminder, all instructors should be given a copy of their license to keep on them at all times. Additionally, our office recommends giving instructors a copy of their continuing education training certificates to keep on file as well. This should assist with your renewals, in case you were to lose the copies in your files.

Virtual Classroom Reminder: If you are hosting a virtual classroom session, keep in mind that schools are required to offer training from a professional location. Our office has been receiving calls regarding unprofessional and inappropriate things happening in the background. Keep in mind, while on camera, your students can see and hear what is happening in the instructor’s background. Let’s keep the teaching environment conducive to learning.

Rules Update: The office released a publication on changes to the proposed VDAs process earlier last week. Please check the bulletin board. The rules have not yet been filed. Once those are filed, additional information and opportunity will be published for all affected stakeholders.

Renewal Update: For those schools, who have not completed their renewals, HB 404 is providing you with an extension. Please check the Bulletin Board for more information on the extension. There is one step that is needed though and must be completed no later than December 31.

Click Renew in DETS by December 31!! This is required because the system will not recognize a license in 2021 if renew is not selected.

Renewal after December 31, 2020: Those who do not pay or upload documents by December 31, 2020, your renewal will change. All documents will be mailed in. Payments are only available by sending in a check or money order

On another note, our Program Administrator Stacey Thompson will be going out on maternity leave later in the month. Once she has left the office we will post an update. She will be unavailable for a while, so if you have any problems or questions please contact the office at drivertraining@dps.ohio.gov. All remedial only schools Stacey is currently handling your renewals. If you have not completed by the time she goes out, please send your documents to Valerie Wald at vwald@dps.ohio.gov.

As always, thank you for helping to make Ohio's roadways safer!


November 30, 2020

Good afternoon everyone!

We hope everyone had a safe and happy holiday!

Just a few quick reminders this week.

  • We would like to remind everyone who is in the process of or may be moving a location or adding a location that your classrooms must be set up and ready for use when the field staff are scheduled to do their inspections. If your classroom location is not ready for inspection the field staff may need to reschedule for a later date.
  • Our office, and especially the field staff, would like to thank all of you for continuing to use appropriate PPE during vehicle inspections, program reviews, and new location inspections.
  • As a reminder, information was posted on the bulletin board as well as our public facing website on Tuesday regarding new extensions under House Bill 404, which was passed and signed by Gov. DeWine on Monday November 23, 2020. If you have any questions regarding the extensions please contact our office.

COVID Update:

  • Contracts for the students and schools are extended under HB 404 as well. Please continue to have regular discussions with your local and/or county health departments to find out the restrictions for providing classroom and behind-the-wheel training, whichever are applicable to your operations.
  • Permits for Class D operators have been extended under HB 404. If your students have expired permits, they may continue to drive on them legally. Be advised, all other requirements for permit holders remain in place (e.g. driving with a licensed driver or parent).
  • We are still trying to confirm permit extensions for CDL permit holders. Those with full CDLs have been extended until December 31, 2020. We will advise if the FMCSA makes any additional extensions as they decide.

As always, thank you for helping to make Ohio's roadways safer! If you have any questions please contact us at drivertraining@dps.ohio.gov.


November 23, 2020

Just a few announcements for this week's update.

Our office will be closed on Thursday November 26th in observance of the holiday. There will also be limited staffing the day before and the day after the holiday.

As a reminder, our office is still teleworking at this time. Our current preferred method of contact is email. Please be advised of delays in processing anything that has been sent by mail or fax for your renewal or for applications (both instructor and enterprise).

Class D, Abbreviated Adult, and CDL:

  • New assessment forms were posted on our website last week. These are the assessment forms that all schools should be using for new instructors, probationary instructors, and licensed instructors. As a reminder, all assessments must be a minimum of 2 hours or one classroom session. Beginning January 1, 2021 we will no longer accept assessments completed on the old form.

Schools Approved to Train Virtually:

  • For new instructor classroom training that is completed in a virtual environment, you must submit either rosters with instructor and some student signatures or rosters with the instructor signature and some other form of proof that students were in the virtual class. The proof of attendance for the instructor could be a screen shot of the instructor and students (one per roster is fine), or it could be a computer-generated list of the attendees in the virtual class, which should include the instructor’s name. Rosters that are submitted with a list of names and only the instructor’s signature will not be accepted.

Renewals:

  • For those schools making renewal payments through DETS’s payment portal, the recent payment will not reflect in DETS. This is an issue with DETS. The payment has gone through if you receive an email confirmation after you make the payment. Please send the email or receipt of payment confirmation to us to manually update the system. We will not be able to fully process the renewal if there is no proof of payment. We apologize for the inconvenience.
  • Continuing education for all programs except remedial must be completed every three years. As a reminder, all continuing educations must be pre-approved by our department if they are not held by our office. Additionally, you may complete the CPR/ADED course as continuing education, but it must still be pre-approved by our department and can only be used once as continuing education credit.
  • Continuing education for remedial. Remedial continuing education is due every five years or as required by the course provider. Proof shall of the continuing education is provided for this year's renewal.
  • As a reminder, you must submit to renew your school by December 1, 2020. If you do not submit to renew on or before this date, as of December 2, 2020 you will need to reapply as an original application to become an enterprise.

RE: Advertising for Instructors
The Ohio Department of Public Safety, Driver Training Program Office has received several questions and complaints about the solicitation of licensed instructors. The Ohio Department of Public Safety does not regulate the recruitment of driving instructors. There are some considerations; however, an enterprise should be mindful of when soliciting potential employees.

  • A licensed instructor should not be interrupted while in the process of training a student.
  • A licensed instructor should not be approached while driving or doing any activity that required the instructor’s full attention.
  • Advertising for licensed instructors must comply with all provisions outlined in Ohio Administrative Code 4501-7-18.

Investigations into allegations of potential violations may result in administrative or criminal sanctions. If you have any questions, please contact the Driver Training Program Office at 614-466-3524.

As always thank you for all the work you do to keep our roadways safer. If you have any questions please email us at drivertraining@dps.ohio.gov.


November 16, 2020

Good morning everyone!

This week's updates are all about program reviews. We are going to share a few updates as well as some commonly missed items during a program review.

All Schools:

  • As a reminder, any documents that were due during your program review (physicals, assessments, and continuing educations) are due to our office by December 1, 2020.

Class D, Disability, Abbreviated Adult, and CDL:

  • Make sure every instructor has their license on them, in a visible spot, while training in the classroom, on the range, or during behind-the-wheel instruction.

Important Permit Note*** If you provide behind-the-wheel training, we also want to remind everyone that they should be checking to ensure every student has a valid permit during every drive with an instructor. Make sure the student was not issued a state identification card instead of a permit. As of right now, a student's permit can be beyond the expiration date until December 1, 2020. After December 1, 2020 the student will need a valid permit to drive with an instructor.

If you have any questions or comments please contact the office at drivertraining@dps.ohio.gov.


November 9, 2020

Good morning everyone!

Here are a few things we want to update everyone on regarding renewals:

  • If you pay electronically for your renewal with a credit card or electronic check please send us a copy of your receipt with your renewal. Our payment system is not capturing this information and it is showing that you still owe fees for the year.
  • If you are a remedial provider, all owners and authorizing officials are required to have a background check this year. The current checklist is incorrect for the remedial renewal, and you do not need to have an FBI background check. Only the BCI is required.
  • Any outstanding program review documents should be submitted with your renewal no later than December 1, 2020.
  • When obtaining driving abstracts for instructors, please try to ensure that their license is not currently expired. Under HB 197 we do allow for expired licenses until December 1, 2020. However, if we receive an abstract that shows an expired license, we will be reaching out to the school to let them know to track this and ensure that it has been renewed in a timely manner.
  • As a reminder, we are all still currently teleworking. This means if any documents are faxed or mailed to our office, there will be a delay in processing. If you can, please email your documents to your specified renewal person for a quicker turn around time.

We want to make you aware of a great resource for information on driver safety. The Ohio Traffic Safety Office puts out a periodic email on driver safety topics with great additional resources. If you would like to sign up for the newsletter please email TrafficSafety@info.dps.ohio.gov and ask to be added to the TrafficWise emails.

If you have any questions or comments please contact the office at drivertraining@dps.ohio.gov. Thanks!


November 2, 2020

Good morning everyone,

This week's announcement will be all about upcoming rule changes as well as a testing update from the BMV. As you know, our office goes through a rule review every five years. This year is our rule review year for class d, disability, cdl, and online and some changes were made that affect schools and instructors. Our office held multiple town hall meetings to gather input from all 11 programs on what changes they would like to see happen regarding rules. Our office has taken these concerns into consideration and have included some changes in the current rules. Within the next week or so, we will be sending out the drafts of the rules for your review. We will be asking for feedback on the rules at that time. In the meantime, we would like to let you know about a few impactful changes:

  • Schools will continue to be able to offer virtual classroom instruction. This instruction is not online training, but the education occurs in real-time with an instructor overseeing and teaching to the student.
  • Students will now be able to contract with one brick and mortar school to provide classroom or virtual classroom instruction only and then may contract with another school for behind the wheel training. They will still have the option of contracting with the same school for classroom and behind the wheel.
  • Physicals for instructors will now be required every two years instead of annually.
  • A physician, nurse practitioner, or physician's assistant will now be able to sign off on the physical form as long as they are acting within their scope of practice.
  • Probationary instructor license assessments are being reduced to either classroom or behind the wheel, preferably the one the instructor has been teaching the most in their five months.
  • The virtual driving assessment, or VDA, will now be required for every student who is completing the eight hour in car instruction.
  • A change in the rule regarding time outs for teen online courses has been made. Instead of a student only being allowed 4 hours of instruction in a 24 hour period, it will now be changed to 4 hours of instruction within the same calendar day.
  • Rules are being put into effect addressing the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's Entry Level Driver Training (ELDT) law.
  • The definition of a range and the requirements for a range location are being incorporated into the place of business rule.
  • CDL schools are being expanded to include passenger and school bus only programs.
  • CDL schools will now be provided with a curriculum guideline for each type of regulated program.
  • CDL instructor licenses will now have a Restricted Range Only option.

Finally, there was originally a proposal to split licenses on the school level. We took several provider opinions on this matter and have now retracted this proposal. We will continue working with providers on a concept that presents a holistic package to split all licenses within the next year.

As of next Monday, customers who schedule for a test online will see this BMV Testing Update information.

If you have any questions or comments please contact the office at drivertraining@dps.ohio.gov. Thank you!

CDL ELDT Updates

March 19, 2021

The FMCSA recently held a webinar on March 4, 2021 for training providers to begin preparing for the upcoming ELDT updates. The webinar has been recorded and is available, along with powerpoint slides, to those who were unable to attend. Please access the webinar HERE and the powerpoint slides HERE. Additionally, FMCSA has also created materials to help training providers prepare for the upcoming ELDT changes. A checklist can be found HERE and a curricula summary can be found HERE. For more information, please visit the FMCSA website.


March 4, 2021

Please see the attached documents for the latest ELDT information.


January 25, 2021

Training Provider Registry (TPR) Web Service Testing is now Available from FMCSA for ELDT

Testing services are available by clicking on TPR Registry Developer's Toolkit
Complete instructions are included by clicking on Web Services Handbook
If you have any technical questions click on Contact Us

Program Announcements

November 25, 2020

"Late on Monday, November 23, 2020, the Governor signed HB 404 into law. The law extends deadlines and license requirements until July 1, 2021.

Annual license requirements
The house bill provides for extensions of deadlines for requirements that expired on or after March 9, 2020 through April 1, 2021. Under the new law, the requirements and would be completed no later than July 1, 2021. This pertains to the annual requirements needed to renew or maintain a license such as the annual physical, driving abstracts, background checks (if applicable), continuing education requirements, and assessments. An instructor or school license will not be considered in violation for those requirements that expired on and after March 9th through April 1, 2021. Be advised that these items are still required, however, the time in which they need to be completed is extended until July 1, 2021.

2021 License and Certification Renewals
The new law affects the current renewal season for 2021. Those who have successfully completed their renewals will receive their licenses for 2021. Those who have not completed will have to complete the renewals no later than July 1, 2021. 2021 licenses and certificates to operate will not be sent out without a completed renewal. Schools and instructors may choose to continue to renew prior to the new deadline. Our office will continue to review and renew the licenses and certifications as they are submitted.

Licenses to teach and/or train
Instructors will have to maintain their license on them at all times they are teaching. If they have not received the 2021 renewed license, the 2020 license will remain in effect until July 1, 2021. In this case, the 2020 license will need to remain on the instructor during times of teaching and/or training.

Initial Instructor Training and Applications
These time extensions do not apply to an initial or first time applications. Please contact our office with any concerns with upcoming background check or driving abstract expirations.

Probationary Instructor Licenses
Probationary instructors will receive the extension also. If the school choses to complete the assessments and get an instructor licensed prior to the extended deadline of July 1, 2021, they may do so. The probationary instructor shall serve at least 180 days on probation before being passed.

Ohio BMV Extensions
The Ohio BMV posted the following announcement today to their website at bmv.ohio.gov. "Due to the ongoing pandemic, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine has signed Ohio House Bill 404, which extends the expiration date of driver licenses (DL), identification cards (ID), and vehicle registrations beyond December 1, 2020. Now, if a customer's expiration date on their DL, ID, or vehicle registration is March 9, 2020, to April 1, 2021, the expiration date has been automatically extended and will remain valid until July 1, 2021."

For additional related topics and questions pertaining to the BMV, please contact them directly."


August 20, 2020

The Ohio Department of Transportation is piloting the use of Flashing Yellow Arrows. ODOT has provided the below You Tube link and attached reference guide regarding the use of these arrows. If you have any questions, please contact our office.


March 30, 2020

To assist in prevention of spreading the Coronavirus (COVID-19), Ohio's Department of Health Director issued an order advising most businesses to close their doors but those considered essential. The department has advised each driving school to determine their own course of action in response to these orders.

Some of the CDL schools have closed their doors in response and some have not. If you are a state licensed CDL driver training instructor, who is currently unemployed due to a closure of your driving school, there is potential opportunity to work temporarily with another CDL school in the interim. Please contact our office at drivertraining@dps.ohio.gov.

If you are an employer who is in need of state licensed CDL driver training instructors, please contact our office at drivertraining@dps.ohio.gov.

During this unprecedented time, we encourage the driving school communities to connect with each other and discuss potential opportunities to continue serving Ohioans.


March 13, 2020

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine issued an executive order declaring an emergency for the state in response to the evolving situation with the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).

Be advised that there will be disruptions in service from our office during this time of emergency. E-mail communication is the best method for contacting our office. Responses to phone calls and faxed or mailed items will be delayed. Applications will have extended response times. If you have an immediate request, please contact us through the drivertraining@dps.ohio.gov email.

Our staff is dedicated to continuing to provide support during this extenuating time. We appreciate your patience.


March 18, 2020

Dear driving school owners and operators,

I want to send my gratitude to all of you for your patience during this unprecedented time. We have relayed all of your concerns to the decision makers and will update you as the information is provided to us.

Currently, the Ohio Department of Public Safety is not mandating driving schools to close. If the Governor mandates this, we will advise you. For now, we are continuing to operate and should a driving school decide to continue operations, follow the provided national and state guidelines:

  1. Group gatherings of no more than 10 people;
  2. Practice social distancing. Recommended 6 feet of space between people;
  3. Sanitize frequently and often, this includes the classrooms and vehicles. The virus can sustain on hard surfaces for up to 6 or more hours. Use Lysol and if using hand sanitizer, use a brand with 65% alcohol base.
  4. If any student and/or instructor feels ill, cancel the lesson. You may elect to create a policy addressing this.

Accommodations

Class D and abbreviated adult schools: Driver Training schools may utilize online classroom instruction through the Department of Public Safety approved online providers.

Adult Remedial: The department approved 3 online providers for those adults needing to take a defensive driving course but reside out of the state. This online option will be available for all Ohioans. The providers are: the National Safety Council, AAA Defensive Driving, and idrivesafely.com.

Commercial Driver's License (CDL) schools: The use of technology for the classroom is an option during this time. The schools, choosing to use technology for the classroom, shall demonstrate how the training program will meet the following criteria before using it:

  • The minimum of 40 hours of content is delivered to the student;
  • The curriculum requirements, set forth in OAC 4501-7-28, is covered in its entirety;
  • Each student shall have access to materials used to supplement the content (i.e. videos, handouts, power point presentation, quizzes, etc.);
  • Instructor shall be able to supervise the students and ensure each student has attended the mandatory training;
  • Interaction between the student and instructor shall be readily available;
  • The final exam shall be proctored and provided under the guidance of a licensed driver training instructor;
  • The required hours of video media is provided;
  • Attendance is documented as required in the rule.

Please send all proposals to drivertraining@dps.ohio.gov. The proposal shall provide clear description on how you will meet the above criteria. We will review the proposal and advise.

Virtual Classrooms: We are currently researching all proposed methods for providing a virtual classroom. We will advise which types are approved and the methods used to address the 8 criteria we established in a previous announcement. Be advised that we need to be aware of those using this type of technology and the use of such needs to be approved. The approval is a temporary solution during this time.

Regulations: All schools, instructors, and managers are expected to abide by all rules pertaining to training and eligibility. It is expected that all students will receive the hours they are required by rule, law, and agreement to have. Breaks and lunches do not count towards the required training times.

Exam Stations and Driver Testing: The Bureau of Motor Vehicles has suspended all driver testing, including motorcycle testing and state provided CDL testing. Be advised that the third-party testers are privately owned and operated and will determine whether or not they continue to provide such services.

We appreciate all of your efforts in preventing the spread of the virus. It is our intention to minimize impact upon the quality of education and businesses during this time.

Thank you!

Valerie A. Wald – State Administrator of Driver Education & Training
Ohio Department of Public Safety, 1970 West Broad St., Columbus, Ohio 43223
P:(614)466-3524 F: (614)466-4993 E-mail: drivertraining@dps.ohio.gov


March 16, 2020

Active Duty Military and/or Spouse of Applications

Effective April 26, 2020, changes allowing active military personnel and their spouses to obtain a temporary professional licensure from another state provided they had the same or similar licensure in another state. The act allows an agency to review and expedite the application provided the applicant provides appropriate evidence to support the provision. In addition, the act provides for an applicant licensed under this provision may request an extension on continuing education requirements should their service prevent them from obtaining it within the required timeline.

To address these provisions for an active military applicant, Driver Training is setting forth the following changes:

Initial Application:

  • Application shall come in paper form with a cover letter stating the applicant is active military or the spouse of an active military member. This application may be faxed or emailed.
  • No fee shall be charged for an active military or spouse of application
  • The application shall include:
    • Official proof of active military status;
    • If spouse, proof of marriage;
    • Proof of valid occupational license or certification to operate as an instructor from another state or jurisdiction;
    • Letter from the other state or jurisdiction - shall include the oversight agency, address, contact information, and title of administrator;
    • background check(s), as defined in applicable rule; and
    • photo for license.

No additional proof of training is required other than the original license and/or certification and letter of good standing.

A temporary license shall be issued.

Renewal Application

Those instructors licensed under this provision are subject to renewals. The renewals will consist of the following:

  • Provide proof of current occupational license from other state or jurisdiction. The instructor shall keep the original license or certification current and in good standing with the other state or jurisdiction.
  • Certification statement (will be provided by Driver Training and separate from the regular certification statement used for instructors and managers)
  • No fee will be charged for the renewal

Applications of this nature will be expedited and thoroughly reviewed.

Continuing Education

Continuing education for the licensed driver training programs is one course every three years. Instructors, who identified as current active military, may request an extension for the continuing education requirement if during the licensing period they were serving on active duty. The continuing education requirement may be extended for the period of time the licensee was serving as active duty. Pursuant to section 5903.12 of the Revised Code, the licensee shall provide valid and official documentation of active duty prior to an extension being provided.

Limitations

  • The temporary license issued shall be valid for 6 years. However, this does not exempt the licensee from the renewal requirements. They will need to comply with the renewal requirements and provide proof of a valid license from the other jurisdiction or they successfully renewed in the other jurisdiction. Or the licensee may be issued a permanent license upon request.
  • The temporary license shall be limited to the scope and practice from the other jurisdiction (i.e. behind-the-wheel only will receive a behind-the-wheel only license).
  • If the license expires or is revoked in the other jurisdiction, they become ineligible to maintain the licensure in Ohio.
  • If the licensee is disqualified for a criminal offenses, their license in Ohio is disqualified.
  • If the licensee divorces the active military personnel, they are no longer eligible to maintain a temporary license to operate. This should occur within six months of the final disposition of the divorce, dissolution or annulment.
For further questions or concerns, please contact the Driver Training Program Office at (614) 466-3524.

March 11, 2020

Dear driving school owners and operators,

Late Monday afternoon, Governor DeWine released directives to all state agencies regarding efforts in preventing the spread of the COVID-19 virus. The directives included urging agencies to postpone large gatherings, restricting out-of-state and in-state travel, and taking other precautionary measures to prevent the spread of the virus. In response, we are postponing the CDL Basic Instructor Course and the New School Orientation. We are investigating other avenues to provide the mission critical courses to prevent disruption with your businesses. More information on this will be forthcoming.

The Driver Training Program Office field staff will still perform their duties with the program reviews, answering inquiries, and visiting sites for new locations and vehicles. However, the field staff will not be able to participate in providing continuing education workshops. The Driver Training Program Office staff will still be available for normal daily business operations. Be advised we will be available to assist with your concerns and provide the same support for business continuity.

All that said, we understand that your business operates in educational gatherings. We are not providing a directive for you to close your operations. We encourage you to use discretion and make decisions that are appropriate for your business. We will not make any recommendations on how to operate during this time, but understand concerns will arise. For the concerns we have already received, we are providing guidance below. Be advised these conditions are only during the periods effected by the directives and will not continue beyond.

Probationary Instructors
If you have an instructor on probation and they are unable to work, their probationary time can be suspended, meaning from the time they are not able to work their 180 day probationary time will freeze and start upon their return to work. Example: If they left at 60 days and returned one month later, their probationary time will pick back up at 61 days. This needs to be clearly documented in your files and communicated with our office for the time to be suspended or frozen.

Training Contract Deadlines
During this effected time, consideration for extending contracts will be given should the situation call for it. If you are unable to provide training due to the concerns with COVID-19 (e.g. students cancel, classes are postponed, etc.), contracts may be extended for the length of the affected time period. Example: Classes are postponed for 30 days; therefore, the contracts are extended for 30 days. Document each case in the students' files.

This is effective immediately and is currently in effect through April 30th, at which time we will evaluate the conditions and provide guidance. If anything changes in the interim, we will communicate these changes with you. Please feel free to reach out to our office with any concerns, questions, or comments.


March 11, 2020

The free video resources you were able to download from our website are currently unavailable. Driver Training is working with the Visual Communications department at Public Safety to make these available once again. Visual Communications would like a list of videos that were actually used/downloaded. If you have downloaded and used any free videos from our website in the past, please send us a list of those videos via an e-mail to drivertraining@dps.ohio.gov no later than Friday, March 20, 2020.

Rules

Dear Stakeholder:

You are invited to offer public comment as outlined in this notice regarding proposed amendments/additions/no change filings to Chapter 4501-7 of the Ohio Administrative Code (O.A.C.) entitled "Commercial Driver Training Schools."

You are receiving this message pursuant to the requirements Section 107.54 of the Ohio Revised Code, which require state agencies, including the Ohio Department of Public Safety, Bureau of Motor Vehicles, to draft rules in collaboration with stakeholders, assess and justify any adverse impact on the business community (as defined by Section 107.52), and provide opportunity for interested parties to submit feedback regarding the proposals. Comments received during initial stakeholder outreach will be addressed in the Business Impact Analysis.

The proposed rules and the Business Impact Analysis are attached, as well as posted on the Department of Public Safety's rules website at the link below (under the "Draft Rules Open for Public Comments; OSP": https://publicsafety.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/odps/what-we-do/administrative-rules-reviews/

All interested parties are invited to offer public comment at regarding the proposed changes. Please copy the Common Sense Initiative Office () on any comments submitted. Public comments may be submitted through 11:59 p.m. on March 9, 2021. For more information please access the bulletin board post from February 22, 2021.

 

General Information

Our office has recently become aware of a great resource from the Ohio State Highway Patrol. On their website is a crash statistic generator (OSTATS) that can really narrow down certain statistics by type of crash, day of the week, hour by hour, and within certain parts of the state. There is a comprehensive user guide that you can find HERE that nicely defines and outlines what you can and cannot do within the generator. Statistics are updated weekly so you can go in and get the most up-to-date information available for your area. There is also a helpline for those who need assistance or who are looking for information not contained in the generator. Happy researching!


CDL Update: Entry-Level Driver Training (ELDT) – Beginning February 7, 2022, a new federal law goes into effect requiring mandatory training. Individuals who apply for a first-time CDL, a CDL upgrade, or endorsement are required to attend training with an entity that is on the FMCSA Training Provider Registry (TPR). (FMCSA-2007-27748 and FMCSA-2017-0371) The required training is for a Class A CDL, Class B CDL, upgrade from Class B CDL to Class A CDL, Passenger endorsement, School Bus endorsement and Hazardous Materials endorsement. For more information about the ELDT, visit fmcsa.dot.gov.

Training Announcements

Please visit drivertraining.ohio.gov/training for current training opportunities.

Town Hall Meetings

The purpose of town hall meetings is for the department to receive input on current Ohio rules, processes, and procedures related to every driver training program. The meetings provides schools the opportunity to provide feedback to get a better understanding of the impact of certain processes and requirements within the rules.